July 15, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Sin Cara vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas
The commentators played up that they used to be good friends until Zelina Vega came along and changed Almas.
Almas controlled most of the match, but Sin Cara fought back and eventually hit a top rope frog splash but Zelina Vega got up on the apron to distract the referee. Almas then dropkicked Sin Cara, then hit him with the running knees in the corner, then hit the Hammerlock DDT for the win.
Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas (~7 minutes)
Tables Match – Kickoff Show
The New Day vs. SAnitY
This was a pretty decent quick match that had a couple of good spots, including Kofi jumping off the top rope and hitting a double stomp on members of SAnitY as they were held up by the other New Day members. In the end, Alexander Wolfe and Kofi Kingston fought on the apron, next to a table that was set up outside. Wolfe then bit Kofi and Eric Young jumped off the middle ropes, driving Kofi through the table on the outside for the win.
Winners: SAnitY (~8 minutes)
Ronda Rousey was shown at ringside in the crowd, holding her ticket for the show.
Raw Tag Team Championship
Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt (c) vs. The B-Team
The B-Team worked on Matt Hardy for a while until Bray Wyatt got the hot tag. Hardy and Wyatt tried to hit their finisher on Bo Dallas, but Curtis Axel jumped on the apron and Bray Wyatt knocked him down. Bo Dallas then shoved Matt Hardy into Wyatt, knocking Wyatt out of the ring. Bo Dallas draped Matt Hardy’s ankles on the ropes and hit him with an inverted DDT-like move for the win… Nice. Good pop from the crowd.
Winners and New Raw Tag Team Champions: The B-Team (~8 minutes)
They were interviewed on the entrance ramp after their win and Bo said that the B in B Team stands for “Best,” then chanted “B-Team.”
Backstage: Kurt Angle
— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 2018
Kurt Angle was interviewed by Renee Young backstage and said that he was in negotiations with Brock Lesnar and Lesnar said that he’s not interested in wrestling anyone at this time. Angle said that he was fed up and he issued Lesnar an ultimatum: Show up on Raw tomorrow night to decide his next title defense or Angle is going to strip him of the championship. The crowd started chanting “Yes!”
Finn Bálor vs. Baron Corbin
Lots of rest holds by Corbin… Corbin dominated the match for like seven minutes until Balor hit the Sling Blade, but Corbin immediately followed up with a Deep Six. Corbin went for a powerbomb, but Balor reversed and hit a double stomp, then a dropkick. Balor went to the top for the Coup de Grace, but Corbin knocked him down. He went for the End of Days, but Balor rolled him up in an inside cradle for the pinfall. Corbin angrily got up, pissed that he lost.
Winner: Finn Balor (~8 minutes)
Backstage: The Bludgeon Brothers, Team Hell No
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 15, 2018
Backstage, the Bludgeon Brothers were shown attacking Team Hell No. They put Kane’s leg in a doorway, then smashed the door onto his leg with their hammer. Interesting…
SmackDown Women’s Championship – James Ellsworth in a Shark Cage
Carmella (c) vs. Asuka
Ellsworth was put in a shark cage before the match and it was raised above the ring as he pouted and looked scared of the height. A couple of seconds into the match, Carmella shouted at Ellsworth and he threw down a metal chain. She tried to grab it, but Asuka stomped on her and the referee took the chain away. Carmella then took out some pepper spray and tried to spray Asuka, but Asuka blocked her. Asuka locked on the Asuka Lock a couple of minutes into the match, but Carmella got her legs on the ropes.
Ellsworth suddenly took out a key and unlocked the cage, then tried to climb down, but his leg was caught in the cage via his bandana or something, so he was hanging upside down… Asuka then came in and kicked him a bunch of times like a pinata. Officials came in to try to get Ellsworth down, lowering the cage, but Asuka shoved them away and went back to work on Ellsworth.
Suddenly, Carmella came up from behind and shoved Asuka, knocking her head into the cage… She went for the pin… 1-2-3.
Winner: Carmella (~5 minutes)
After the match, Asuka attacked the people who set up the cage, then she hit Ellsworth with two snap German suplexes, then locked him in an Asuka Lock.
United States Championship
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Before the bell rang, Nakamura nailed Hardy with a low blow behind the referee’s back. The ref checked on Hardy and asked him if he was OK. Hardy eventually got up and said to ring the bell. The bell rang and Nakamura nailed him with a Kinshasa immediately… 1-2-3.
Winner and New US Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura (~6 seconds)
Nakamura celebrated until Randy Orton’s theme hit and Orton walked out to the ring and stared down Nakamura. Jeff Hardy stumbled up to his feet behind Orton, but Orton looked at him, then knocked him down, grabbed his legs and stomped on his balls… Orton then walked backstage as Nakamura looked shocked and confused.
Steel Cage Match
Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens
Owens immediately tried to climb out of the cage as soon as the bell rang, but Strowman grabbed him. Strowman screamed at Owens, calling him a coward and saying, “Fight Owens Fight? Well fight me.” That seemed to resonate with Owens, who ran at Strowman and started exchanging punches with him. Owens actually took control of the match, hitting Strowman with a top rope frog splash. He tried to escape out of the door, but Strowman grabbed him. Being able to escape through the door in cage matches has always seemed so incredibly stupid.
Strowman ran at Owens in the corner but Owens moved and Strowman hit the turnbuckles. Suddenly, Owens pulled out handcuffs and handcuffed Strowman to the top rope… Owens taunted Strowman but Strowman grabbed him by the throat and chokeslammed him. Strowman tried to escape but couldn’t. Owens eventually got up, gave Strowman a crotch chop and said “suck it,” then tried to climb… But Strowman somehow broke the handcuffs…
Strowman climbed up and caught Owens and they both stood on the very top of the cage… Strowman grabbed Owens by the throat… then tossed him down off the cage, through the announce cable! I guess Owens technically won…
Winner: Kevin Owens (~8 minutes)
Strowman stood on top of the cage, maniacally staring at Owens and breathing heavily. EMTs came down with a stretcher for Owens as Strowman stared. Strowman finally climbed down and raised his arms in celebration, then walked backstage.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship
The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane)
After Kane was taken out by the Bludgeon Brothers earlier, Bryan came out in this match to wrestle the Bludgeon Brothers alone… The crowd was behind Bryan big time and he put up a fight before the Bludgeon Brothers took control.
Suddenly, five minutes into the match, Kane’s music hit and he limped out with a brace on his foot and got up on the apron. Bryan tagged him in and hit a chokeslam on each Bludgeon Brother. He went for a tombstone on Harper, but his leg gave out. Bryan was tagged in and hit a top rope dropkick on Harper, then hit him with the Yes kicks. Harper was able to crawl into the corner and get a tag in to Rowan, though, and Rowan ran in to take out Bryan. They then hit Bryan with their middle rope clothesline tag team finisher for the pinfall…
Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers (~8 minutes)
Backstage: Roman Reigns and The B-Team
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 16, 2018
Backstage, the B-Team were celebrating their title win and they ran into Roman Reigns. They said that if they can do it, Roman can too. All he has to do is… beat Bobby, then he can also be a member of the B-Team. Reigns just walked away and smiled.
Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley
The crowd did not turn on this match like they did for Reigns’ last couple of matches. Late in the match, Lashley was thrown over the top and landed really badly right on his side and shoulder. Some weak “let’s go Roman / Roman sucks” chants. Reigns went for a Superman punch, but Lashley hit him with a spinebuster. Lashley then hit Reigns with his delayed vertical suplex, but Reigns kicked out.
Lashley set Reigns up for a spear, but Reigns got up and hit him with a Superman punch for a near fall. On the outside, Reigns ran at Lashley, but Lashley caught him and hit him with an overhead belly to belly suplex onto one of the announce tables. Lashley then went to the top rope, but Reigns hit another Superman punch. Reigns bounced off the ropes and ran at Lashley but Lashley caught him with a spear out of nowhere… 1-2-3. Hmm…
Winner: Bobby Lashley (~15 minutes)
Raw Women’s Championship – Extreme Rules Match
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Nia Jax
They showed Ronda Rousey at ringside again, saying that her suspension doesn’t expire until Wednesday, but she bought a ticket to the event. Mickie James accompanied Alexa, while Natalya was there with Nia.
Alexa tried to run away as soon as the bell rang and she grabbed a kendo stick from Mickie James at ringside, but Nia ripped it away from her and snapped it on her knee. Mickie then gave Alexa a trash can, but Nia grabbed that away. Then a chair, which Nia grabbed. And another trash can, and another chair… Nia finally brought Alexa into the ring and hit her with an overhead gorilla press and dropped her on one of the trash cans. A chair was set up in the corner, then Nia ran at Alexa, but Alexa moved and Nia smashed into the chair.
Mickie tried to give Alexa a trash can lid, but Natalya came in and attacked James, but Alexa attacked Natalya and they started double teaming her. Ronda Rousey saw enough and ran out to help her friend Natalya. Alexa ran away, but Rousey slammed James into the barricade, then into the ring, where she hit her with a spinning Samoan drop-like move. Rousey then stared down Alexa Bliss and ran after her, but Alexa ran away. Rousey grabbed Alexa, but James came up from behind and nailed Rousey with a kendo stick.
In the ring, Alexa jumped off the top rope with a cross body block but Nia caught her. James came up from behind and hit Jax with a chair, though… Two more chairshots by Alexa, then a DDT by Alexa onto Jax on a chair… 1-2-3.
Winner: Alexa Bliss (~8 minutes)
AJ Styles (c) vs. Rusev
The WWE Championship match is not the main event again… Aiden English introduced Rusev with a little song. A few minutes in, Styles went for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Rusev moved. Rusev then tried to lock on the Accolade, but Styles escaped. Styles locked an ankle lock on Rusev, but Rusev was able to grab the bottom rope, with a little help from Aiden English, who pushed the rope closer to Rusev.
Styles saw English and chased after him, but Rusev caught him on the outside and hit him with an overhead belly to belly. In the ring, Rusev hit a Machka kick, then went for another but Styles hit a Pele kick. However, Rusev got up and hit another kick, then tried to lock on the Accolade, but his left knee was apparently hurt and he couldn’t lock it on all the way, so Styles escaped. English, meanwhile, pulled the padding off the top turnbuckle. Rusev ran at Styles in the corner and of course Styles moved and Rusev went head first into the exposed turnbuckle.
Springboard 450 by Styles for a near fall. Styles then dropkicked English on the outside, then hit the Phenomenal Forearm. 1-2-3.
Winner: AJ Styles (~15 minutes)
Intercontinental Championship – 30-Minute Iron Man Match
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Seth Rollins
Drew McIntyre accompanied Ziggler at ringside. About four minutes in, Rollins suddenly hit Ziggler with a buckle bomb, then rolled him up for a quick pinfall.
Seth Rollins up 1-0 with 25:20 remaining
After a couple of minutes of back and forth, Rollins suddenly hit the Stomp and picked up another pinfall.
Seth Rollins up 2-0 with 22:00 remaining
Suddenly, Drew McIntyre ran in and attacked Rollins. The referee called for the DQ and Rollins got another fall.
Seth Rollins up 3-0 with 21:00 remaining
McIntyre continued to attack Rollins and the referee kicked him out. McIntyre said OK, but then hit Rollins with the Claymore before walking backstage. Ziggler pinned Rollins… 1-2-3.
Seth Rollins up 3-1 with 19:30 remaining
Superkick by Ziggler and another immediate pinfall.
Seth Rollins up 3-2 with 18:50 remaining
Ziggler then tossed Rollins’ shoulder into the ring post, then hit him with a Zig Zag for another pin to tie it up.
Tied 3-3 with 17:50 remaining
After a couple of minutes, Rollins tried a suicide dive, but Ziggler punched him, then pinned him while his feet were on the ropes for leverage.
Dolph Ziggler up 4-3 with 15:50 remaining
The crowd kept annoyingly counting down to each minute once it got to the :05 mark. The crowd suddenly broke into a “yes” chant for some unknown reason. Maybe a beach ball or something. Insufferable. Or maybe they took the clock off the titantron but put it back. Crowd now counting down from 10 seconds for every minute. Want to die.
Rollins suddenly hit his knee for a near fall. Frog splash by Rollins for another near fall. Huge top rope superplex by Rollins, followed by a Falcon Arrow but just another near fall with about four minutes remaining. Slingshot by Rollins, sending Ziggler into the ringpost, then a quick rollup for the pinfall to tie things up.
Tied 4-4 with 3:00 remaining
Rollins locked on a Sharpshooter, then rolled through into a Crossface. He broke it free on his own and went for a Stomp, but Ziggler rolled out of the ring. One minute left… Ziggler tried to escape into the crowd, but Rollins rolled him back into the ring, but Ziggler suddenly hit him with a Famouser, but only got a near fall. Ziggler went for a superkick, but Rollins hit him with his own superkick. Stomp by Rollins with 6 seconds left… Rollins went for the pin but time expired before the one count… And it’s a draw.
Draw (4-4), Dolph Ziggler retains
Kurt Angle’s music suddenly hit and he came out and said that he didn’t want to see a tie and neither did the crowd, so they’re going into sudden death overtime and next fall wins. The crowd chanted “Yes!”
The match was restarted when Drew McIntyre suddenly ran out from the crowd and got up on the apron, distracting Rollins. Ziggler then hit the Zig Zag on Rollins… 1-2-3.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler (5-4 in sudden death, ~30 minutes)
Quick Match Results
– Kickoff Show: Andrade “Cien” Almas defeated Sin Cara (via Hammerlock DDT, ~7 minutes)
– Kickoff Show: Tables Match: SAnitY defeated The New Day (via Young putting Kofi through a table, ~8 minutes)
– Raw Tag Team Championship: The B-Team defeated Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt (c) to win the titles (via Bo Dallas inverted DDT on Matt Hardy, ~8 minutes)
– Finn Bálor defeated Baron Corbin (via inside cradle, ~8 minutes)
– SmackDown Women’s Championship – James Ellsworth in a Shark Cage: Carmella (c) defeated Asuka (via shoving Asuka’s head into the shark cage, ~5 minutes)
– United States Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Jeff Hardy (c) to win the US title (via Kinshasa, ~6 seconds)
– Steel Cage Match: Kevin Owens defeated Braun Strowman (via Strowman throwing Owens off the cage through a table, ~8 minutes)
– SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. Team Hell No (via middle rope clothesline finisher, ~8 minutes)
– Bobby Lashley defeated Roman Reigns (via spear, ~15 minutes)
– Raw Women’s Championship – Extreme Rules Match: Alexa Bliss (c) defeated Nia Jax (via DDT on a chair, ~8 minutes)
– WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) defeated Rusev (via Phenomenal Forearm, ~15 minutes)
– Intercontinental Championship – 30-Minute Iron Man Match: Dolph Ziggler (c) defeated Seth Rollins (5 falls to 4, ~30 minutes)